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Thomas Partey admitted that nerves played a part in his full Premier League debut for Arsenal last week.
After his dramatic deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid was completed, the Ghana international was made to wait for his Gunners debut due to the international break.
Following a brief cameo against Man City, he played the full 90 minutes in the Europa League win over Rapid Vienna, before starting against Leicester City at the Emirates.
But it was a frustrating first league start for Partey, who was unable to stop Arsenal from falling to a 1-0 home defeat.
“I could not believe it [when I found out I was starting],” he told the club’s official site. “I was a bit nervous but I always get these nerves when I play most of my game, so I was like, ‘OK, let me keep it cool and I’ll be fine’.
“Then when we started the game I thought we had control of the ball and so many chances, and we were unlucky. It’s part of football and we have to keep working, we have to keep working hard because we have a great team of great players. I think we’re going to be successful.”
Despite losing his first two league games for the club, the £45million man has been impressed with what he has seen from Mikel Arteta and his new Gunners teammates.
“I think I’m in the team that I’m looking forward to playing for. They have everything, a good manager, good players, the right mentality and the way they play is very good. It’s the best place for me.”
The Gunners will be looking to rediscover their form with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday. And although the hosts are unbeaten in four, Partey is confident that his team can earn all three points.
“Manchester United are a great team with great players and important players,” he added. “If we do our work well, if we go in and fight for points, if we put a lot of pressure on them, we’ll be able to win.”
Source: Mirror Sport